Wednesday, April 10, 2013

(Related Update): Wisconsinites hold the anti-union line

Related update:  More good news on the anti-labor unions front coming out of Wisconsin.  Late last week, The Washington Examiner ran a story showing that union membership in the state has been dropping dramatically over the last couple of years.  The reason? Wisconsin stopped forcing employees to pay union dues against their will.  John Hinderaker has the story over at Power Line.

Original post:  Earlier this week, the citizens of Wisconsin re-elected State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack and pretty much dropped the hammer on union hopes of overturning Govenor Scott Walker's anti-union agenda.  Over at Cato-at-Liberty, legal expert Walter Olson details how unions had hoped their favored Democratic candidate for the justice position would prevail and represent the critical 4th vote (of 7 Supremes) they need to overturn Act 10, Walker's collection of anti-union reforms.  Here's Olson's concluding paragraph:
Wisconsin voters weren’t having that: by a very comfortable margin (at last count) of 57-43 they re-elected Justice Roggensack. Incumbent judges do tend to win re-election at the polls, of course, and many voters may simply be tired of all the partisan bickering and politicization of the courts. Either way, it looks as if they are willing to give Act 10 a fair chance to work as intended. Public-sector labor law reformers in other states, take note.
Read the entire post here.